Hickory – Friday, June 17, the City of Hickory’s 2016 Sails Original Music Series will feature Ray Bonneville, an artist with a hard driving, blues dipped sound that is loose and soulful. Bonneville is touring in support of Easy Gone, his fourth album for Red House Records.  The album takes listeners to some of the dark spaces and exotic places he has gone on his own travels, putting the rhythm and soul of New Orleans into much of his music.

Sails Music Coordinator, Bob Sinclair, explained, “Ray gets a song going slowly and steadily.  He taps his feet, then his voice will growl and the harmonica will answer.  He is a metronome, a poet, and a bluesman. And he’s coming to Hickory! He’s a real musical treasure not to be missed.”

The show begins at 6 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.  Olde Hickory Brewery and Silver Fork Winery will sell beer and wine in designated areas, and there are a variety of close-by restaurants to patronize.

The Sails Original Music Series is able to bring excellent musical entertainment from all over the United States with the help of the following sponsors: Bob Sinclair Music, Crowne Plaza, Focus, Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitor’s Bureau, The Hickory Wine Shoppe, Larry’s Music & Sound, Olde Hickory Brewery, Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP Attorneys at Law, TheSilentP.com, and WHKY 1290 AM.

Friends of the Sails Music Series include Cafe Rule, Community Relations Council, Hickory Museum of Art, Silver Fork Winery, WNCW (88.7 FM), and WNNC (1230 AM)/WAIZ (630 AM).

The Sails Original Music Series will run every Friday evening in June and September, beginning at 6 p.m. each night.

Photo: Ray Bonneville